Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

Workshop Details

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Workshop #W78
CE Offered: BACB
A Behavioral Approach to Teach Developmental Play Skills to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Saturday, May 23, 2009
8:00 AM–11:00 AM
North 131 BC
Area: AUT; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
CE Instructor: Adrienne Perry, Ph.D., C. Pysch.
NANCY J. CHAMPLIN (Autism Concepts, Inc.), Suzanne Taylor (Autism Concepts, Inc.)
Description: Children with autism spectrum disorders lack skills in generating ideas for spontaneous play and may lack the mental representation and language competencies for symbolic and socio-dramatic play. Research states that children with autism have deficits in the frequency and complexity of different symbolic sequences (Guralnick & Hammond. 1999). Children who engaged in more complex play at earlier developmental periods were rated as more sociable. Complex peer play may serve as one indicator of social competence with peers (Odom and Strain, 1984) Direct instruction on each of the developmental stages of play across multiple play schemes enables children with autism to appropriately play with toys, engage in vocalizations and socially interact with typical peers. This workshop will provide participants with a behavioral approach to teach each developmental stage of cognitive play to children with autism.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to: Identify the developmental stages of play Describe and demonstrate the steps to teach play using principles and procedures of behavior analysis Identify the prerequisites for each stage of play Demonstrate play skills within the context of an ABA program Learn how to collect data and track progress Apply knowledge for teaching multiple play schemes Plan for generalization to the home environment and community
Activities: This workshop will provide didactic and interactive instruction. Participants will observe through video modeling multiple children at various stages of developmental play learning new play skills. Participants will plan programs and collect data for each stage of play using forms provided by instructors.
Audience: This workshop is designed for a general audience of behavior analysts, psychologists, social workers, speech language pathologists and teachers who serve children with developmental delays and autism spectrum disorders in clinical/school settings or home-based programs. It is also appropriate for parents who want to develop skills in the use of a behavioral approach to teaching play.
Content Area: Practice
Instruction Level: Basic



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